Biography

Denis Kelly is an Irish artist who makes abstract paintings characterised by hard edge colour motifs, predominantly painted flat on wooden surfaces. He holds an MFA in painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a BA Honours Degree from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire. Previously, he worked for a number of years as a graphic designer in Dublin taking up painting in 2007. In 2012, he was shortlisted as one of the top ten graduates at the International UA Awards and more recently has been awarded Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and the Emerging Visual Artist Bursary Award 2015. His paintings are part of the Office of Public Works Collection and the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Collection. He is a current member of Visual Arts Ireland and his studio is located just outside Dublin in County Kildare.

Artist's Statement

My work is a playful, idiosyncratic response to the built environment and employs a strict reductive language that explores light, form and space. Ultimately, the intention is to allude rather than describe allowing curious forms to materialise and manifest within the painting, where tension is created by opposing and contradictory elements – figure/ground, control/chance, construction/destruction, revelation/concealment.

 

 

 

Education
2012-2014
MFA, Painting, National College of Art and Design

2010–2012
BA (Honours), Visual Art Practice (H1), IADT Dún Laoghaire

2009–2010
Diploma in Fine Art and Design (H1), National College of Art and Design

2007–2009
Certificate in Visual Art Practice (H1), National College of Art and Design

1977–1979
National Certificate in Art & Design, Athlone Institute of Technology

Awards
Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant 2019

Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant 2018

Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant 2017

Kildare County Council Emerging Visual Artist Bursary Award 2015

Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant 2014

Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant 2013

Collections
Office of Public Works, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Collection and private collections in Ireland, UK and USA

Solo Exhibitions
2018 'A Sense of Order. A Sense of Disorder. Galleria Weber & Weber, Turin, Italy

2017 'Impeccable Defect', Pallas Projects/Studios, The Coombe Dublin 8, Ireland

2016 ‘Structure/Void’, McKenna Gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge

2016 ‘Edge’ Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 189th RHA Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin

2018 Anonymous Drawings 2018, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin

2018 188th RHA Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin

2017 'PeripheriesOPEN' Periphery Space, Gorey School of Art, Gorey, Co.Wexford

2016 Pallas Project/Studios 20 Year Anniversary Benefit Auction, City Assemlby House, Dublin

2015 'Memory and Place' Describing Architecture 2015, Powerscourt TC, South William Street, Dublin 2

2015 Éigse Open Submission Exhibition, Visual, Carlow

2015 185th RHA Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin

2014 Winter Open Exhibition, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght

2014 133rd RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2014 'See the Future' MFA Graduate Exhibition, NCAD, Thomas Street, Dublin 8

2014 'Motley' MFA Year Two Exhibition, Satellite Studios, Dublin 7

2013 'Winter Open' Exhibition RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght

2013 Artists on Architecture, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

2013 'Top Ten' UA Awards, Block T, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

2012 131st RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2012 'The Flaneur', Oliver Cornet Gallery, Dublin

2012 182nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin

2012 '474' IMMA/IADT, The Drawing Project, Dún Laoghaire

2011 'Art Aid' Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

2011 'Exhibit Eight', Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin

2010 'Summer Open' Exhibition, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght

2010 'Common Ground', Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

2009 128th RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Bank, Belfast

2009 'Common Ground', Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

2008 ICAD '50 x 50 Prints', The Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2